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A Zen priest and former research scientist looks at quantum physics and the fallacy of "common sense." A Zen priest and former research scientist looks at quantum physics and the fallacy of "common sense."


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A Zen priest and former research scientist looks at quantum physics and the fallacy of "common sense." A Zen priest and former research scientist looks at quantum physics and the fallacy of "common sense."

30 review for How the World Can Be the Way It Is: An Inquiry for the New Millennium Into Science, Philosophy, and Perception

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bob Couchenour

    Steve Hagan makes no secret of the influence of Zen Buddhism in his life from the very beginnng, and I was thus skeptical at first regarding what he might be presenting. But I was encouraged as I discovered explanations of scientific theories in the field of Quantum Physics, which I have some familiarity with, which expanded my understanding, as limited as that may be for any concerning Quantum Physics. These were brought into alignment with possibilities of "seeing" the world in a different lig Steve Hagan makes no secret of the influence of Zen Buddhism in his life from the very beginnng, and I was thus skeptical at first regarding what he might be presenting. But I was encouraged as I discovered explanations of scientific theories in the field of Quantum Physics, which I have some familiarity with, which expanded my understanding, as limited as that may be for any concerning Quantum Physics. These were brought into alignment with possibilities of "seeing" the world in a different light than what we have, for the most, been taught to "conceive". The necessity to "perceive" as opposed to "concieve" is stressed as fundamental to experiencing the "real" world, whether that which is "material" or that composed of "thought" or "spiritual".

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    Hagen is a scientist at heart and by profession. That has always been clear in his writings. I have thoroughly enjoyed his later works, and wanted to back track to read this one. It's incredibly scientific and mathematical. At times I found it difficult to follow; this is a work that would benefit from multiple read throughs in order to fully grasp all that Hagen's trying to say. Or, one could just read Buddhism Plain and Simple and get the layman's version. Hagen is a scientist at heart and by profession. That has always been clear in his writings. I have thoroughly enjoyed his later works, and wanted to back track to read this one. It's incredibly scientific and mathematical. At times I found it difficult to follow; this is a work that would benefit from multiple read throughs in order to fully grasp all that Hagen's trying to say. Or, one could just read Buddhism Plain and Simple and get the layman's version.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Challenging, fascinating book about the fundamental element of existence -consciousness. I refrained from giving five stars, because the book was a bit opaque in places. Also, the author did not give much account to instinct and evolutionary theory.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Richardson

    The fractals section is powerful. I don't much like Hagen's set-up, as it's too intellectually driven to draw me in, but there's great material here. Worth reading. The fractals section is powerful. I don't much like Hagen's set-up, as it's too intellectually driven to draw me in, but there's great material here. Worth reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marcy Marisela

    The enlightenment is real.. We're never called on to do what hurts. We just do what hurts out of ignorance and habit. Once we see what we're doing, we can stop. The enlightenment is real.. We're never called on to do what hurts. We just do what hurts out of ignorance and habit. Once we see what we're doing, we can stop.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christian

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    Nona Johnstone

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    Gary

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    Karen

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    Jemila Palmer

  18. 4 out of 5

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    Paul Morris

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    Samuel

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    Michael

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    E.j. Kay

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    Katy Hansen

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    Liz Sedmak

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    Matt Shelvock

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    Jessica

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    Jonathan Landy

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    Esther

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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